There won't be much talk about Ian Kinsler filling Prince Fielder's shoes in Detroit.
Different players, different positions - and different expectations.
Still, Kinsler will be in the spotlight after he was traded to the Tigers from Texas in last week's blockbuster that sent Fielder to the Rangers. Detroit parted ways with its slugging first baseman to bring in a well-rounded middle infielder and give the franchise more financial flexibility.
''It's going to be a new journey for me, but as far as the organization that I got traded to, I'm extremely excited,'' Kinsler said in a conference call Monday. ''You can tell that they're in a win-now mode.''
That's for sure. Detroit has won three straight AL Central titles and an American League pennant in 2012. The Tigers could have brought back a similar roster and probably been favored for another division championship next year, but they shook things up by sending Fielder and his massive contract to the Rangers.
Fielder signed a $21...